Troopers Search Genesee River for 2 Missing Brothers

7:06 PM, Feb 29, 2012   |    comments
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State troopers from Batavia and Rochester are using an airboat and a scuba team Tuesday to search for two brothers who may have fallen into the Genesee River.

David W. King, 54, and Michael King, 46, both of Batavia, last were seen at 9 p.m. Feb. 19 on the Interstate 390 bridge over the river, just south of the Scottsville Road exit.

State Police said Monroe County sheriff's deputies stopped David King on Feb. 19 for having been reported as driving recklessly and hitting a guard rail. His car was left on the bridge and deputies took him to Strong Memorial Hospital. He signed himself out before being treated, and Michael King and another brother, Daniel, drove to the hospital and picked him up.

Daniel King drove his brothers back to I-390 and dropped them off. David King's car was on the opposite side of I-390, and Daniel King last saw his brothers as they jumped over the barrier between the northbound and southbound lanes.

State Trooper Mark O'Donnell told 2 On Your Side, "Probably not knowing there's about a 12 to 50-foot gap in between the northbound lanes over the river at that particular point, and may have unexpectedly gone over the jersey barrier into the river."

That area has an approximate fall of 100 feet into the Genesee River, State Police said. They searched for the brothers by ground and air, using a helicopter, on Sunday.

Meanwhile investigators continue to interview both family and friends.

"We're tracking leads that come in. That has come in the last week or so, and we're conducting interviews with anyone who may have had contact with them prior to their disappearance," said O'Donnell.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at (585) 398-4100

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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